Today's glance back at country music history >>>
1954 - Bartenders in Hammond, Indiana requested that disc jockeys at WJOB radio stop playing Ferlin Husky's "The Drunken Driver," about an intoxicated driver who causes a crash that kills two children; the song "is hurting business," the union claimed
1961 - At the top of this list stands a big, big man: "Big Bad John" takes Jimmy Dean to #1 on the Billboard country chart
I just wanted to start off this week's music column by saying how heartbroken I am for the passing of sweet Kentucky songbird Jessica Lynn Baldridge.
Baldridge, who was 34, passed away unexpectedly at her home in Raceland, Kentucky, on Monday.
From a talented musical family, Baldridge had been on the scene since she was 13 performing with her family and that year winning first runner-up in the True Value Jimmy Dean Country Showdown.
Wayland Baptist University will celebrate the grand opening of the Jimmy Dean Museum with a ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and tour the museum memorializing the late sausage mogul and entertainer who was raised in Plainview.